Badlands National Park, SD

This moment might be the single moment that makes our entire trip worth the time, money and effort. We had driven into Badlands National Park and stopped at our first vista pull off. We went walking into the dry, dusty landscape and up to this opening in the rock wall. Esme, a couple of steps ahead of me, waited for the previous visitor to move aside and as she walked up to take in the view exclaimed, “Oh my!” And not in a canned sort of way, in a slow, amazed, full of awe sort of way. It was perfect.

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